Obama: Ebola demands global response . . . Reuters
President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.
Stubborn opposition to Obama Syria plan . . . Politico
Opponents of Obama’s Syria plan do not appear to have the votes to derail the legislation, but the amount of opposition from Republicans and Democrats has startled the White House and congressional leaders and could rob Obama a big win critical for his standing in the global community.
Dempsey: Half of Iraq army unreliable . . . Fox News
Joints Chiefs chair says half of Iraqi brigades are too infested with Shiites to be counted on as a credible force that can cooperate with the United States.
Obama’s dirty war . . . Politico
Beating back the brutal Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant may require cozying up to unsavory groups in Syria — including some currently affiliated with the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front — and may collide with existing law if the groups the U.S. wants to train or co-opt have murky human rights records, former officials and analysts say.
WH pushes back on combat troop talk . . . The Hill
The White House and congressional Democrats on Tuesday pushed back against speculation that Obama could order ground troops into Iraq, after the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said combat forces could fight Islamic militants.
Benghazi panel to convene . . . Associated Press
The House Select Committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans launched their special investigation.
Obama disses disabled veterans . . . Free Beacon
Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event.
Holder presses for Fast and Furious delay . . . Politico
Attorney General Eric Holder is again asking a federal court to delay the transfer of disputed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious to a House committee.
HUD chief: credit too tight . . . Examiner
Back to the bad old days? In one of his first speeches as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro joined other members of the Obama administration in warning that it now is too difficult to qualify for a home loan.
Obamacare abortion money ignites GOP . . . The Hill
Anti-abortion activists plan to use new evidence that Obama-Care has paid for abortions to boost GOP turnout in battleground Senate races this fall.
Biden Iowa visit triggers 2016 speculation . . . Reuters
Biden’s trip to Iowa, which will hold the first contest in the 2016 Democratic nominating campaign, comes days after Clinton made a splash there at a Democratic fund-raising event sponsored by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.
Huntsman may run as independent . . . BuzzFeed
Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid – this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman.